Gregg County event center plans likely on hold
Longview, TX — Results of an informal public survey appeared to lower the curtain Monday on the likelihood of a Gregg County Event Center being built anytime soon.
"I've got to be candid," Commissioner Gary Boyd said. "I'm not so sure if we spend this kind of money for it that the people shouldn't have a more extensive voice than they've had before."
Boyd was reacting to survey results showing people want more than a modest, covered rodeo arena. They want a venue for concerts, which means air conditioning which means a $20 million facility.
Initial projections, which County Judge Bill Stoudt and the commissioners were mulling, put the 4,500-seat venue at $10 million to $15 million.
"That number is way beyond what we talked about up here," Stoudt said.
Stoudt said after Monday's meeting the $20 million estimate did not include some support projects such as a 200-stall pen estimated to add another $2 million.
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